Drought Monitor

New Drought Settings for B-hyve Pro and B-hyve apps!

Built to provide better control of watering during drought seasons, B-hyve’s new feature ties into a customer’s local drought data and weather forecasts, automatically adjusting to use less water while still keeping plants healthy.

See drought conditions based on the controllers location right in the app!

Configure drought settings by station

Drought levels match National Drought Mitigation Center Intensity and Impact scale

When using the drought feature in the app, customers can identify the level of drought for their location based on the D0 – D4 drought scale at drought.gov and set the appropriate drought level for their zones based on the recommendation for their location. Using smart technology, B-hyve will adjust the watering schedule to reduce water use during drought conditions. As drought conditions change, users can update their settings in the app with the press of a button.

In the United States, droughts are among the most financially burdensome of all weather-related disasters. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the single largest U.S. weather-related disaster was the drought of 1988, which resulted in over $40 billion in damages throughout the central and northeastern portions of the country. Unlike impacts from other weather-related disasters, the financial impact of a major drought can’t always be easily calculated in real-time. Failed crops can impact food prices well into the future, while the financial impact of devastated livestock herds can take years to recover from.(citation: https://water.utah.gov/water-data/drought/)

With 90% of all freshwater consumption being used to grow things around the world, smart water management is more critical than ever, and many states are considering requiring the installation of smart water devices on households.

Through B-hyve Pro, our Smart Water Management family of products, Hydro-Rain has helped to reduce water overuse and misuse to the tune of billions of gallons of conserved water. Inside every B-hyve controller is a brilliant collection of algorithms that produce watering schedules designed to deliver the exact amount of water to the places that need it. More than ever, B-hyve isn’t just a product that connects you to your customers controllers. It’s a product that changes the way the world waters.

B-hyve and Flume

Today B-hyve announced a strategic partnership with Flume, a leading source for real-time home water data. Through the partnership, the two companies will integrate their technologies to provide homeowners with unprecedented insights into their outdoor and indoor water flow rates for better conservation and efficiency.

Combining B-hyve Smart Irrigation Technology with Flume’s Smart Water Monitor creates the most advanced system to provide a fully comprehensive look at water use inside or outside a home. The ability to differentiate how much water is used, whether in the home or in the yard, makes a significant difference when looking to eliminate water waste that can be expensive and damaging.

Through B-hyve’s proprietary technology, consumers can be smarter when watering by connecting into local weather and using environmental characteristics to automatically deliver the right amount of water. Flume’s Smart Water Monitor attaches to existing water meters to evaluate water use 24/7 for the entire home. By merging these technologies, consumers will be able to monitor and receive reports on their outdoor and indoor water use at any time using the B-hyve app.

“Outdoor irrigation is one of the biggest culprits of water waste in the home. But through this powerful integration with Flume that builds off of our great work with B-hyve, we can eliminate a lot of unnecessary water usage by providing real-time insights into their indoor and outdoor water consumption,” said Stuart Eyring, CEO of Hydro-Rain.

Key benefits of this partnership for end users include:

  • Smarter Watering: Using B-hyve’s existing WeatherSense technology and real-time flow data from Flume, homeowners can make informed decisions about their water use.
  • Real-Time Monitoring and Management: The B-hyve app will alert users of any abnormal flow rates, preventing over watering or possible leaks in broken sprinkler lines or heads.
  • Precise Data: Users can measure actual volume consumption rates with detailed reporting showing how many gallons are used for each zone during an irrigation cycle.

“From inception, Flume has been a mission-based company working to educate the public on their water use. We are excited to announce our partnership with Orbit to further our mission,” said Eric Adler, CEO at Flume. “By incorporating B-hyve’s innovative technology and broad industry presence with our intelligent flow meters, we can empower people with the knowledge to better monitor and manage water use for a more meaningful impact.”

Hydro-Rain is Water Smart

We had great meetings and an excellent time at the 2019 Watersmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas this week. What a fantastic venue to officially kick off our 2020 Water District Smart Controller trial program by inviting 10 agencies to experience Weathersense™ technology by Hydro-Rain. This program is designed to save water within their communities through direct install programs.